Attached are two FAQ documents on the recently negotiated EU/Mercosur trade deal and the EU/Vietnam trade deal. The purpose of these documents is to provide information about these deals to you and your members, highlighting the opportunities for Irish business.
If you would like more information concerning EU/Mercosur or EU/Vietnam, please feel free to contact Emma Kerins or myself, Pauline.
Policy and Research Executive
11, St. Stephen's Green
T: +353 1 400 4326
"By George LeeEnvironment and Science Correspondent
Trade negotiators for the European Union and the South American Mercosur trading block have reached agreement on a new free-trade deal.
It paves the way for a significant increase of imports of cheaper beef and other goods from South America.
The Mercosur trade deal has been almost 20 years in the making and involves Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The region has 260 million consumers, making it the fifth largest market outside of the EU.
It is the largest free trade agreement negotiated by the EU to date and follows on from the completion of recent European trade agreements with Canada, Japan, Mexico, and Vietnam."
On 25 June, the Council adopted decisions on the signature of two agreements between the EU and Vietnam: a free trade agreement (FTA) and an investment protection agreement (IPA).
The FTA between the EU and Vietnam is the most ambitious free trade deal ever concluded with a developing country. It provides for the almost complete (99%) elimination of customs duties between the two blocks. 65% of duties on EU exports to Vietnam will disappear as soon as the FTA enters into force, while the remainder will be phased out gradually over a period of up to 10 years. As regards Vietnamese exports to the EU, 71% of duties will disappear upon entry into force, the remainder being phased out over a period of up to 7 years.
The FTA will also reduce many of the existing non-tariff barriers to trade with Vietnam and open up Vietnamese services and public procurement markets to EU companies, while the IPA will strengthen protection of EU investments in the country.
As one of the "new generation" bilateral agreements, the EU-Vietnam trade deal also contains important provisions on intellectual property protection, investment liberalisation and sustainable development. On this last aspect, the FTA includes commitments to implement International Labour Organisation core standards (for instance on the freedom to join independent trade unions and on banning child labour) and UN conventions relating for example to the fight against climate change or the protection of biodiversity.
Negotiations between the EU and Vietnam started in June 2012 and were concluded on 2 December 2015. However, the formal conclusion of the agreement was delayed by a pending opinion of the European Court of Justice on the division of competencies between the EU and its member states relating to the conclusion of the EU-Singapore FTA.
Máirín is a personal stylist and joined Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber during the Spring of 2019 and is into her second year of business.
“I try to take the stress out of getting dressed every day and put the fun back in it.” Máirín works to build your confidence, she says it is about you want to say about yourself, “who you are, how you feel good in your own skin. Whatever makes it easy.”
While we would all like to completely reinvent ourselves with lots of money, most people’s contact with her is prompted by change, change in relationships, job, milestones, it is a bit like her own experience, a new career prompted by illness.
Despite our usual reluctance to let someone into our home, Máirín's business, MoStyle, takes a unique approach to personal styling by offering a wardrobe analysis service. Rather than just rushing out and buying all around them, she helps clients take stock of what they actually have. "The clients try on absolutely everything and I take pictures of them, just between me and them, and that kind of helps them get an idea of what looks good and what doesn't”. This makes for smarter shopping in the future because you now know your shape, you know the colours that suit, you know the cuts that work for you, what you do need and what you don't need.
Affordable pricing is documented on the website.
In an extension of her business, Máirín gives talks on Moyamoya, the rare, progressive cerebrovascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain that created this change in life, “I go and tell my story and I bring a rail of clothes with me”. She has spoken at the likes of Concern and some of the big tech giants based in Dublin.
'you only get one life and life is for living'. I was like, ‘right, this is a chance to do something that I really want to do”. - Image Magazine
When you look at competing Owner/Manager businesses, there is always something about them that makes them uniquely different to everyone else. So why is Máirín’s stylist business different? She says, “I love it, I had brain surgery three years ago, I couldn’t speak, read or write”. After two and a half years of speech and language therapy she started her own business.
“What got me to it was working with Dress for Success, and I realised, this is something I can do!”
Her sister helped her write a letter to Dress for Success. They are all about helping women get back into the workforce, and they took her on as a stylist and that gave her the confidence to realise not only that this was the life for her, but that she was very good at it!
Starting to network with other business women, and found it good, “It was great because I was only a year in business, and I got to meet others in a similar situation.” Máirín found it really friendly, helpful, “an environment where you could join the dots and help each other.”
In regard to the Chamber itself, she continues to find it so helpful, “everyone wants to help other people’s business”. Máirín feels the Chamber runs really good events and loves the informal networking, where everyone comes across as approachable.
Links to Articles online:
Máirín‘s website is https://www.mostyle.ie/ and she can be contacted on her mobile +353868388575 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and instagram.com/mostyle_dublin
“Whatever works for you!”
Attached are the style reports Máirín woks from! FREE!
worry about that. We have been looking at the website and how it serves our members. We are currently implementing some ideas!
We will shortly be launching some new features and focus on our website. We will be featuring new members and what they bring to the Chamber. We will also be showcasing existing members and how they can help you get more business. Every Owner/Manager business is unique because of the unique Owner/Manager! Our Corporate members also bring a new dimension to the Chamber and we will talk a bit about them. These feature articles will the become a part of the members directory.
The DLR Chamber County Business Awards are open for nominations. If you can't make the deadline of June 28, then contact us!
Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Text - Synopsis
15 November 2018
Following yesterday’s approval of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement by the UK Cabinet as well as it’s subsequent publication, the European Commission’s Article 50 Taskforce, the negotiating team responsible for conducting the Brexit negotiations with the UK, has published a synopsis of the 600-page long Withdrawal Agreement text, summarising the key details of the text.
You can access the synopsis by clicking here.
You can find Chambers Ireland press release on the announcement of yesterday’s approval of the text by clicking here.
You can find the complete version of the Withdrawal Agreement text by clicking here.
If you have any further queries,
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Communications & Public Affairs Executive
As 29 March 2019 approaches, the British Irish Chamber of Commerce recommends that all its members get Brexit ready.
To assist in this, the Chamber has compiled a list of supports and advice available to help businesses plan and prepare for every possible Brexit outcome.
The full list of supports is available on the Chamber's website at the following link here.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Executive Assistant, Policy
British Irish Chamber of Commerce
13 Merrion Square North, Dublin D02 HW89
T: +353 1 634 3053
The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) scheme encourages people getting certain social welfare payments to become self-employed. If you take part in the BTWEA scheme you can keep a percentage of your social welfare payment for up to 2 years. BTWEA is a payment made by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) to people aged under 66.
There is also a separate Back to Work Scheme called the Short-Term Enterprise Allowance, which supports people on Jobseeker's Benefit to start their own business
For more information - http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Enterprise-Allowance-Self-Employed.aspx
This year's DLR chamber County business Awards was held in Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney on the 27th September.
Over 270 people joined us for an amazing night, celebrating the many achievements of businesses operating within the county.
Photography by Paul Sherwood
The Awards Video 2018!!
Video was Filmed & Produced by Vivify Multimedia
Congratulations once again to all of our winners, and a big thank you to everyone who attended this year's awards. We are already looking for forward to next years event on the 3rd October 2019. Be sure to keep an eye on our website on social media for more information on how to enter next year's awards.
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